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5 predictions for the Big Ten season

After peering into his crystal ball, Ivan Maisel conjured up five predictions for the 2006 Big Ten season.

Updated: August 17, 2006, 1:59 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

After peering into the crystal ball, here are my five predictions for the 2006 Big Ten season.

1. The best quarterback in the conference will be Drew Tate of Iowa. Troy Smith of Ohio State is the hot run-pass prototype, and Drew Stanton of Michigan State has the arm NFL scouts appreciate. But I like the career path Tate has carved. He won as a sophomore, then learned some hard lessons as a junior. With tailback Albert Young behind Tate, defenses will have to be honest. Advantage, Hawkeyes. ...

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